Grawemeyer Award winners give lectures in Louisville
Winners of the 2018 Grawemeyer Awards were in Louisville April 10-12 to give free, public presentations about their award-winning ideas. To see a recap of the winners, their ideas and what we learned during their Louisville visit, see this story.
The Grawemeyer Awards, established by philanthropist Charles Grawemeyer, recognize outstanding works in music composition, ideas improving world order, psychology and education, and gives a religion prize jointly with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Winners of the award received $100,000 each and attended a gala event in their honor.
At a time when thousands of black men and women
were lynched in the United States, African American
Christians turned to the cross of Jesus as a symbol
of suffering and profound hope. Renowned theologian
James Cone explores the provocative images of the cross
and the lynching tree and explains how God can transform
ugliness into beauty, hope and liberation. Cone earned the
2018 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his book,
The Cross and the Lynching Tree.
The cross: symbol of
suffering and hope
Political messages can hurt or heal. In areas of Africa
where tensions could escalate into genocide, such
messaging could be the tipping point between life
or death. Political science professor and author
Scott Straus, winner of the 2018 Grawemeyer
Award for Ideas Improving World Order and author
of Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership,
and Genocide in Modern Africa, explores and explains
the patterns and circumstances that can lead to genocide.
A beautiful escape
The New York Times called a triple concerto by
Danish composer Bent Sorensen “stealthy and subtle”
and the composer writes that in all five movements of
the piece the trio “tries to escape the shadows of the
orchestra.” The composition, “L’Isola della Città”
(“The Island in the City”), has won Sorensen the
2018 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.
The crisis of
As young people embark into adulthood, many are struggling
to pay for college and too many are accepting crushing debt.
In her book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid
and the Betrayal of the American Dream, Sara Goldrick-Rab,
winner of the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Education, details
the struggle and provides a wake-up call for an overhaul of
the financial aid system and how America can support
Smarter than you think
There are many types of intelligence that determine a
person’s success in life. Psychologist Robert Sternberg
explores how “smartness” is multifaceted and goes well
beyond the common IQ test. Sternberg won the 2018
University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for
Psychology for his concept of “successful intelligence.”